The desire to write with freshness, energy and insight are daunting aspects of the drafting process. But once juxtaposition becomes part of the process, the resulting friction between elements yields startling moments. These moments seem to be gifts, but they’ve come from surprising regions in ourselves, and we can stay in those regions as we experiment further through revision. We will warm up by looking at paintings, photographs, and poems, and then enter the arena ourselves through a series of writing exercises. Expect to leave with three poem-drafts.
Leslie Ullman is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Progress on the Subject of Immensity, released in 2013 from University of New Mexico Press. Her awards include the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and two NEA fellowships. Progress on the Subject of Immensity won a 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in Poetry. Now Professor Emerita from University of Texas-El Paso, where she founded and directed the Bilingual MFA Program, she currently teaches in the MFA Program at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She also does freelance manuscript consultantations and, in the winters, teaches skiing at Taos Ski Valley. In addition to poems, she has published craft essays in several magazines, including Numero Cinq and The Writer’s Chronicle, and links to some of these can be accessed through her website, www.leslieullman.com.